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Kiev protesters shun state hospitals for volunteer clinics

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 01:39

Jan. 27 - Volunteers at makeshift field hospitals in Ukraine say injured people are refusing to attend proper hospitals for fear of arrest. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A makeshift hospital in Kiev. Many protesters injured in the violence in Ukraine are now seeking help in makeshift hospitals like this. Volunteers are on hand sorting through what is needed. With clashes turning increasingly violent doctors are treating more serious injuries. Protesters are turning to hospitals like this out of fear. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VOLUNTEER DOCTOR, LEV, SAYING: "People come with all sorts of different pathologies. It can be a wound, poisoning or heart attack. We have different doctors here who help as much as they can on the spot. People are coming here, because they are afraid to go into state and private medical institutions." Makeshift treatment centers are also springing up in protests camps. One former emergency physician from Kiev told Reuters that hospitals are required to report any injuries that are caused by suspicious violence. Now protesters prefer to get treatment without fear. A man being taken into a state institution calls for a lawyer. Journalists call out to a man with a severely beaten face. They ask did riot police beat you? He simply nods. The Prime Minister has said that protesters were are criminals who must answer for their actions.

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Kiev protesters shun state hospitals for volunteer clinics

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 01:39